Sunday, April 1st, 2012
“When it crosses the line, the rules say that it is a goal, but not for us. It is the second time this has happened to us. I understand refereeing errors can happen and we accept them, but I really don’t understand why our goals that cross the line are not given. It’s frankly unacceptable. In other games the officials have been very good at spotting these incidents and getting the right call. It looks as if we are just very unlucky. I hope this bad luck ends and that this incident does not alter the Scudetto race.” – AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani.
“Milan claim it was a goal? Absolutely not. I was on the trajectory and was able to prevent it completely crossing the line. It’s true that in part the ball went in, but not entirely, so it is not a goal. We played well against the Serie A leaders and I must underline a great performance from our goalkeeper, Juan Pablo Carrizo.” – Catania defender Giovanni Marchese, who cleared the ball off the line.
You have to feel a little sorry for AC Milan this season, unless you are a fan of Juventus or Inter Milan. Goal-line technology cannot come quick enough for the Rossoneri as they were denied once again a crucial goal in the race for the Scudetto.
At the end of February, Milan were denied a perfectly legal goal when Sulley Muntari’s effort against Juventus, to put them 2-0 up in a massive top of the table clash, was disallowed despite crossing the line. The Old Lady came back into it to draw 1-1 and the chase for the Serie A title was left wide open.
On Saturday, at Catania, Milan were once again left frustrated over what looks like a legal goal. Replays just about seem to prove the ball crossed the line, but this time you cannot blame the officials – it was a tough call that only goal-line technology could have solved.
After Catania had drawn level, Robinho ran clear and rolled the ball past Catania defenders Spolli and Legrottaglie before Giovanni Marchese cleared off the line. Replays and the image above prove that the ball did in fact cross the line… just.
Instead of a seven point lead at the top of Serie A this morning, AC Milan are now just five points ahead with Juventus poised to trim the gap to two if they beat Napoli this evening.